JEDDAH — The spread of drugs abuse in Saudi Arabia is a major cause of unemployment and mental illness among Saudis, according to a study. Statistics by the Interior Ministry show that drug abuse increases by 40 per cent every year.
The study said that broken families as well as poor education are also reasons why many people in the kingdom turn to drugs. The study which stressed the need to establish more drug rehabilitation centres in the kingdom. At present, there are only three to serve the entire country.
“Some 900,000 people go to these hospitals on a yearly basis for treatment. I believe that three hospitals are not enough,” said Dr Abdul Aziz Al Ghuraib, a speaker at the Second Symposium for Reforms and Rehabilitation in Correctional Institutions.
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